Nov 162010

Palo Verde on Rock 3 728

ISO80; f/5; 1/320; 31mm; 11/11/10 12:20PM (Canon SX10 in P mode, no tripod)

Per Tammy’s suggestion, I decided to re-process this one.  This time I ran it through de-Jpeg (noisy); then Topaz Clean Stylized. I then ran it through Topaz deNoise.  Back in Aperture, I cropped it (and I changed the crop to fill more of the photo with the image, less of the sky); I increased the hue for the green and decreased the hue on the blue (although I debated this since I love how blue our skies are!). Finally, I dodged some of the rocks with the paintbrush.  I also exported the image with increased resolution.


I’m not giving up on covering some of this month’s themes, but I have a lot of photos that I want to post that just won’t fit into November’s themes….  I’m working on a series of photos that I’m calling “Desert Scenes.”  I hope you can indulge me on these.  I’m experimenting with the Topaz products, so please be honest and let me know if something isn’t working.

This photo was taken on a recent desert ride. The photo was processed with Aperture and Topaz Clean Stylized Details… with lots of little tweaks.

Sep 232010

foreground 682

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 44.4mm; 8:08am (Canon SX10 on tripod, 2 sec timer)

When I saw this theme listed, I thought it would be one of the easier ones to fulfill.  I’m surprise at how much trouble I’m having finding both an interesting foreground and background.  I think this one does the trick.

Does anyone know what the tree is?  I have just wasted an hour (or more) trying to figure it out.  I’m beginning to think it is not a native Arizonian tree. Let  me know if you need a close-up to help identify it.